Early Tuesday, an Amber Alert was called in the state of New York after 12-year-old McKenzie Wilson disappeared from home. Luckily, after only 12 hours, the girl was found safe and unharmed a couple of miles from her family home. The kidnappers were identified as John D. Harvey (16) and Joshua R. Monette (18).
The Abductors Also Stole a Vehicle and Two Weapons
Tuesday was a hellish day for both the Wilson and the Doberstein families. The first woke up to their 12-year-old daughter missing, while the latter discovered their red Chevrolet pickup was stolen. Even more worrying, the car was “equipped” with a gun, a handgun, and a new box of ammunition, the thieves striking a gold mine.
As the Dobersteins were desperately trying to find the people responsible for the theft, Harvey and Monette were using the red Chevrolet to pick up McKenzie Wilson from her home. All three children attend the Franklinville Central School District, interacting on the halls of Randolph Academy.
Even before the Amber Alert was issued around 12:30 P.M., Doberstein closely collaborated with the police. His truck, guns, and ammunition were found intact off Huyuk Road in Farmersville, just 15 miles away from the Wilson family home.
At 4:40 PM, the Amber Alert was called off, and the girl was reunited with her mother. The latter declared feeling “exhausted and anxious,” but overall relieved to know her child is safe and sound.
Both Monette and Harvey were charged with criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, and grand larceny. Additionally, Monette was accused of endangering the welfare of a minor.
As McKenzie Wilson’s story ended on a positive note, it’s important to remember that Amber Alerts were designed to gather the help of an entire community so that kidnapped children are safely returned to their parents. Time is of the essence in such cases. As for the two teens charged with kidnapping, they are facing multiple years in prison.
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